Grand Theft Auto V Reviews

Posted on September 16 2013, 12:37pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With the countdown to the September 17th arrival of GTAV now being measured in mere hours around the world, here is the first round-up of reviews from across the web:
"Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTAIV brought to the table five years ago. It’s technically more accomplished in every conceivable way, but it’s also tremendously ambitious in its own right. No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem. It tells a compelling, unpredictable, and provocative story without ever letting it get in the way of your own self-directed adventures through San Andreas. It is one of the very best video games ever made."
"Set mostly within the glitzily superficial city of Los Santos, a warped mirror of Los Angeles, GTAV is a sprawling tale of criminal maniacs self-destructing on a blood-splattered career trajectory to hell... The genius of GTAV is in the sheer seductive force of its vision. The visuals are astonishing – just astonishing. Surely pushing this ageing hardware to the limits, we get the dense downtown with its soaring skyscrapers and murky, rubbish-strewn back alleys. But then out into the country, we have rolling grasslands and desert stretches, coyotes roaming, the shadows of eagles swooping overhead. The world drags you in. It begs you to explore – and then it rewards you. You feel every millimetre of the landscape has been thoughtfully handcrafted with the curious gamer in mind."
"Everything works. It has mechanics good enough to anchor games of their own, and a story that is not only what GTA has always wanted to tell but also fits the way people have always played it. It’s a remarkable achievement, a peerless marriage of world design, storytelling and mechanics that pushes these ageing consoles to the limit and makes it all look easy. As we stand on the brink of a new generation, GTAV sends an intimidating message to the rest of the industry. Beat that."
"The scale is dizzying. It's insanely detailed too. Gangs loitering on street corners, cracked roads, foreclosure notices, and police searchlights cutting through the night sky give the poor areas of the city a tangible layer of grime. In Vinewood, sports cars glint in the sun, tourists snap pictures with their phones, and obnoxious starlets bray into their phones about movie auditions. Wander through the countryside and you'll see backpackers, cyclists, and people walking their dogs. Extras in rubber alien costumes take smoke breaks on studio lots, and bikers cruise the desert highways... The world is breathtaking, the script is funny, the music is superb... and, most of all, it's really, really fun."
"Throughout GTAV you'll swap between the trio, seeing San Andreas through the eyes of three wildly different personalities, each of whom brings their own breed of psychosis to one of the most exciting games of this generation... They're all exceptionally written, and play off of each other well. Instead of forcing one character to climb his way up his own slice of the criminal underworld, GTAV does a remarkable job of providing each with their own motivations, their own missions, and their own personas you'll come to love as you swap between them."
"The driving is a lot looser and more exciting than it was in GTAIV, and the lock-on targeting and cover system means that you're never fighting the controls in the middle of combat. It also looks great on current consoles, with a solid draw distance and a frame rate that takes few major hits along the way. Furthermore, the characters themselves emote well in cutscenes, which really helps make the story feel more meaningful. The city itself is nicely evocative of Los Angeles, as well, giving you GTA-ified equivalents of studio lots, the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Santa Monica Pier, and more. Little touches like lighting as the sun rises and sets go a long way, too. That all meets well with the game's on-foot and on-mission soundtrack, which delivers tense backing tracks that heighten the heists whether you're opening fire on the obstacles in your way or watching Michael slyly convince a guard that he is, in fact, supposed to be there. And all of it comes together to bring you a fantastic approximation of LA's sleazy-yet-sunny West Coast vibe."
"Grand Theft Auto V is the pinnacle of open-world video game design and a colossal feat of technical engineering... It dares the rest of the blockbuster industry to try and match its scope and, even with new consoles on the horizon, it may be some time before anything steps up."
“...Rockstar Games has produced the most playable, well-plotted, character-driven, fictionally coherent entry in this 16-year-old series. The game is set in an immense, parodic vision of Southern California, a West Coast counterpoint to the caricature of New York City in Grand Theft Auto IV (2008). While Los Santos — the game’s version of Los Angeles — and its surroundings exist in an alternate reality, it is also a contemporary one that evokes and satirizes the anxieties of 21st-century life… Video games tell their own lies to their players: you’re powerful, you’re smart, you’re important, your problems can be solved if you just keep trying. And Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most beautiful, seductive lies yet uttered by our youngest creative medium.”
Also check out some international reviews from Meristation, 3DJuegos, JeuxActu, Gameblog, Vandal, MondoXbox, InsideGamer, AusGamersThe Globe and Mail, Eurogamer Germany, IGN Italia and stay on the look out for lots more reviews hitting the web throughout the day. Of course feel free to share any you find in the comments below.

  • R* Aon September 25 2013, 1:11pmFlag
    Hi everyone, just a reminder to please keep your comments on topic and if you have something unrelated that you'd like to say to Rockstar directly, please mind Rule #5 right above the Comment Box and feel free to send us your thoughts to Any persistent 'Hey Rockstar...' comments may be removed. Thanks all for your understanding and support!
  • MrBoterhammen3 weeks, 6 days agoReplyFlag
    i just have downloaded Gta V and now it is an update of 60 gb so it redownload the game and i can not play it i have the game about weeks ago i did not install the game cause there was 10 000000000000000000 errors i freaked out and now i wanna destroy my pc cause it focking redownload the game!!!!! please help me
    • LOLZguy_juicyon April 22 2015, 3:42pmReplyFlag
      Hello! Pleased to meet you, guys and girls! I have one short question for you. I would like to be answered on this. Thanks!

      Can Asus ROG* GR8-R047R run "Grand Theft Auto 5" videogame with NO LAGS?

      *-ROG, Asus`s gaming line of notebook and desktop computers.
      • Cece1231on April 3 2015, 1:18pmReplyFlag
        I love the game but sometimes it gets boring! It would be so cool if On online or offline you can go into houses and buildings like San andreas! And you should be able to get crew members offline too like the old grand theft autos. Don't really have no one to play with and I like offline better.
        • marios041990on March 26 2015, 1:17pmReplyFlag
          I personally PLAY further play and constantly by throwing out one knows why or when my STEL shipment hang me constantly
          like today for example I'm game to try to make entering the game and do not let Knowing why PLEASE ANSWER I'm happy with IT game but evil with throwing out constantly
          • Mid69-on March 19 2015, 6:26pmReplyFlag
            Hey guys, If anyone wants to play the final Heist in gta v add me on won21mod. Every time I play it the people who play with me suck - so if you are good with not getting killed add me lets do this.
            • GAMER_4999on March 17 2015, 7:14pmReplyFlag
              Rockstar please make the snorkels actually work like on the Mesa merry weather jeep and more, it doesn't make sense to have a snorkel and it not even work and if you do fix this problem please don't do it only on next gen because I'm on old gen. ;)
              • lizdowson March 17 2015, 5:15pmReplyFlag
                • ELITE1606on February 27 2015, 11:07pmReplyFlag
                  If you were to make GTAVI an idea would be natural disasters like Tsunamis, Tornados, Earthquakes, and all the other stuff but make it only happen in a specific part of the story
                  • GreenskyLim_98on January 23 2015, 9:32amReplyFlag
                    Dear R*: On behalf of my crew and friends, I want to complain about the jobs that we join. I want to play with my crew members and friends and only them, but after a mission we get tranfered into another player's lobby, which gave us a lot of troubles. Please stop this, thank you.
                    • Ski-Doo_Racerson January 12 2015, 8:52pmReplyFlag
                      Can you guys put a ford bronco and a sandking at a normal level in the game to make it more fun for those whom like pickups and off road. We would like a expansion of off road vehicles and normal leveled sandkings. Please make this happen.
                      • jamesmil122793on January 6 2015, 12:58pmReplyFlag
                        I have been playing this game for a long time and its the time that I have had enough because its really annoying me if you get improve online that would be great thanks !!!
                        • oneshot24killson January 2 2015, 12:39amReplyFlag
                          I tried to get in my boat and when I did I did not make it. But when I hit the water I could walk around on the bottom and shoot. And I could also breath under water please fix
                          • slayernineteenon December 1 2014, 1:30pmReplyFlag
                            Such a disappointment. Bought a PS4 and pre-ordered the gane as I had enjoyed it so much on PS3.

                            PS4 set up and the game arrives, transferred my character from PS3 on launch day,so far, so good. Trying to play on-line for the first week was a total waste of time, couldn't join a room with more than 3 other people, couldn'yt find friends or crew members.

                            Downloaded the patch, looking good, i can now find friends playing the game, although not always join them, but at least servers seem more stable.

                            Yesterday, spent 4-hours in on-line Los Santos TRYING to play with fellow crew members - managed to get into the same room a couple of times and start missions, before one or all of us experienced "unknown network errors"!

                            Would now like some reassurance, from Rockstar, that things will improve, with an indication of timescale. Undoubtedly, the PS4 version is better looking than PS£ version, but in terms of playability, it is a disaster - to the extent that I am seriously considering selling the PS4!

                            Why could the connectivity issues not be tested properly, before release? It seems that desire to earn big money on pre-orders completely negated the need to provide a game which actually plays.

                            I would seriously question buying any future release from Rockstar and certainly NEVER pre-order again.

                            There is an opportunity here for Rockstar to dig themselves out from under all of this negative feeling, by at least acknowledging there are still issues and they have a plan to rectify matters - I'll leave it with you.........
                            • TheChanimalon November 28 2014, 10:06pmReplyFlag
                              I'd love to play online..... However the server is always delayed or not available. Not worth the money
                              • FABIAN.Kon November 20 2014, 9:08amReplyFlag
                                Charakter bei Übertragung auf PS4 verloren
                                Habe von der PS3 meinen Fortschritt auf die PS4 übertragen wollen.
                                Hat auch alles erstmal geklappt, doch als ich dann online spielen wollte bekam ich die Nachricht, dass kein online Charakter sowie Fortschritte vorhanden sind.
                                Bin darauf hin sofort auf meinen Account bei rockstar social Club rein gegangen und musste bedauerlicher Weise feststellen, dass mein meine online Fortschritte auf Null sind.
                                • redknockeron November 14 2014, 3:58pmReplyFlag
                                  Love the game should add gooseneck trailers an all trucks can haul trailers and add a flatbed and where u can lift any truck please and add where u can buy houses in story mode,and make thee be a car trailer and wher u can put a trailer in ur garage an load a boat on a trailer ....then more people will play ur game
                                  • JJgrifgrifon November 1 2014, 3:06pmReplyFlag
                                    After the servers went down my level 126 character got deleted
                                    • Masterbeater406on October 26 2014, 11:44pmReplyFlag
                                      Good-day Rockstar!
                                      One thing from me, please get rid of God Mode. I haven't played GTA Online simply because every lobby had a person in God Mode and the invisible glitch!
                                      ~Thank you
                                      • gusser62on October 17 2014, 11:04pmReplyFlag
                                        Althought I was very happy with this game, it has become boresome as there are too many players using cheats or glitches to ruin the fun for everyone else. Please correct these issues before doing any more updates, or you may see usage substantially drop.
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